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2008-04-22 11:23
An Aston Martin scheduled for use by fictional secret agent James Bond in the latest 007 movie crashed into Italy's Lake Garda.

While delivering the DBS to the film set, the driver, Aston Martin engineer Fraser Dunn, lost control along one of the narrow road's curves in heavy rain.

The car plunged into the lake's waters, but the driver escaped from the car and was rescued before being taken to hospital with minor injuries.

"I do feel lucky to be alive because I was knocked out by the force of the impact and when I came to the car was at the bottom of the lake - I have been told it was 150ft down," Dunn told the UK's Telegraph.

"All I remember was that the road was wet and I wasn't going that fast but the next thing I knew I came off and I ended up in the water.

A bit James Bond-like

"I can't have been going that fast as another engineer was following me in a Fiat Punto. The next thing I remember is swimming up to the surface and the rescue people being there. How I managed to get out I will never know."

"The whole thing was a bit James Bond-like - I just kicked out of the car and swam to the surface - my lungs felt as if they were going to explode and my chest still hurts now.

"Apart from a few bruises I am fine and I hope to be out of hospital within a day or so. It's actually very embarrassing and I'd like to try and forget the whole thing."

"I have been with Aston Martin for five years and I have never bent one until now. I can't believe I?m alive. I was very lucky."

The car was salvaged from the lake's floor, but will have to be written off. Its entire roof was caved in and all the windows had been shattered.


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